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For Jane of Craigenally Farm. There is a great book about growing apples, particularly in SW Scotland. "Apples in Scotland" by John Butterworth. Wellworth a read from a professional grower in your area.
John: Winter Nelis should be perfect for Beth ( After six years I would expect results. Are you sure it is Beth? no mistake in labelling or anything? Is the tree healthy?
I have just been given a new flowering cherry tree, but it has an infestation of tiny black shiny bugs the leaves are dying and the trunk is scaley. Can it be saved?
Chris: Sounds as if you have not been given the best specimen. If it has come from a nursery or garden centre-and it is possible to do so without upsetting the donor - then you should take it back. Failing that brush off the bugs, plant it in good fertile soil and try and nurse it back to health.
I have three fairly old Bramley apple trees that for at least 10 years have produced very little blossom and no fruit. Is there anything I can do to bring them back to fruiting life?


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I am completely new to fruit tree gardening, having planted my first tree a couple of weeks ago. It is producing leaves which are in the process of opening, but I notice a fine, grey dusty coating on the branches, which I can scratch off with a fingernail. Is this normal, or do I need to worry about my first apple tree?
Which do you think of the English orchard trees is the best for long-lasting and beautiful blossom? (White or pale pink)
We have an orchard like yours and now want to do an avenue of 10 trees (5 each side). We have decided to go for just one variety in an attempt to get an entire blossom avenue - but want it to flower for as long as possible!
As its chief raison d'être is ornamental, we aren't too bothered about the fruit...

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